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Ensure safe passage to government hospitals, for those injured in the violence, HC

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The Delhi High Court has directed police to ensure safe passage to government hospitals and emergency treatment for those injured in the communal violence erupted in northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law.

In a special midnight hearing last night, at the residence of Justice S Muralidhar after receiving a call from an advocate explaining the dire circumstances under which the victims were unable to be removed from a small hospital to the GTB Hospital.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Anup J Bhambhani directed the Delhi Police to ensure the safe passage of the injured victims by deploying all resources at its command and on the strength of this order as well as to make sure they receive immediate emergency treatment.

The bench also called for a status report of compliance, including information about the injured victims and the treatment offered to them and the matter will be heard during the day today at 02.15 p.m. It said the order be communicated to the Medical Superintendents of the Guru Teg Bahadur and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospitals.

The urgent hearing was conducted after Advocate Suroor Mander called the judge and sought urgent orders for safe passage of ambulances for the injured. The Delhi Police and the government were represented through Additional Standing Counsel Sanjoy Ghose.

During the hearing, the bench spoke over the phone to Doctor Anwar of the Al-hind Hospital in New Mustafabad who told the court that there were two bodies and 22 injured persons there and he had been trying to seek police assistance since 4 p.m. yesterday without success.

The court then directed the senior officials to reach the hospital forthwith following which they started the process of evacuating the injured to the nearest hospitals. It also said this order be brought to the knowledge of the Delhi Police Commissioner.

Yesterday, the violence escalated in northeast Delhi as police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people. (AIR NEWS)

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